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Thursday, May 6, 2010

What's happening at

I am going to take a short break from blogging until next Monday as I am going tomorrow to another field trial, where I am judging on both days. It will be the same place as two weeks ago - at Shawsville, MD. But first, I'd like to share a short update on what is happening here.

John's book Dead On! is almost done, and we are putting final finishing touches. John will be leaving for Trackfest in Michigan on Thursday next week.

Spring is in a full swing - fruit frees are in their peak of flowering, and some look absolutely spectacular. Like this one:

Dog training has resumed. Young dogs are being trained for field obedience, blood tracking and field trials. Older dogs are run on rabbits for exercise, and occasionally they take a swim in the pond.

Paika running rabbits

Joeri is practising how to retrieve on land.

Asko, while on a walk around property, couldn't resist and jumped in for a quick swim.

New life is sprouting all around us.Like in the neighbor's field. 

Our females are pregnant and have 2-3 weeks to go in their pregnancy.

Keena is due around May 24. She was bred to Joeri.

The only bad news concerns Alfi, who is 12.5 years old, our oldest dog here. In the last couple of weeks he has developed a big belly. My first reaction was that he might have Cushings disease as one of its symptoms is abdomen enlargement. Yesterday we took him to a vet, and X-rays showed that his belly is full of fluid. We have an appointment with a specialist next week and will know more then. Alfi does not show any sign of discomfort, he eats and acts happy, but my gut feeling is that he is not going to be with us for much longer.


Bigshrimp said...

Cool...a new book! I absolutely love the first one :o)

What's the topic? If blood tracking, how does it differ to the first book?

Jolanta Jeanneney said...

We are glad to hear that you liked the first book.
The second book's title is "Dead On! Deer Anatomy and Shot Placement for Bow and Gun Hunters. Tracking Techniques for Wounded Whitetails."

This new and smaller book is written for the deer hunters who do not have the time or the interest in owning and training a tracking dog. Yet they need information useful for killing deer quickly, cleanly and humanely, and they need to know the best tactics for finding deer on their own if complications do arise.